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Aims and values

We want:

  • the UK at the forefront of innovative social and economic research
  • intelligent research to benefit society and quality of life

and we have clear values which govern how we work towards those aims.

We are:


Researchers are trained and accredited, and research projects go through an approvals process before researchers can access de-identified data. Research proposals must receive a favourable ethical review, either from an academic Ethical Review Board or the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee.


The Approvals Panel assesses all projects for ethics, feasibility, privacy, public benefit and scientific merit.

The Administrative Data Research Centres and the Administrative Data Service are led by different universities across the UK. The Network is:

  • accountable to a governing board chaired by the UK Statistics Authority, which reports to Parliament
  • overseen in its day-to-day management by the Economic and Social Research Council, which reports to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

Socially responsible

Our work serves no commercial purpose. All research proposals must show a potential benefit for society or people’s quality of life.


All decision-making and business processes are transparent. Research results are made public. Researchers must agree to publish their findings before they receive permission to see any data.


Our services only collaborate with trusted third parties. We do not work with commercial organisations.

Page last updated: 19/06/2017